Funding for this report was generously provided by the JAMS Foundation, the Michigan State Bar Foundation, and the Dispute Resolution Education Resources Inc.

Over the past 25 – 30 years, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) at the community, administrative, and court levels has become increasingly popular with both consumers and practitioners. Originally conceived as a way to reduce burdensome caseloads and backlogs within the court system, the process has evolved far beyond the traditional mediation and arbitration that has historically defined it. ADR now includes a variety of techniques and facilitated outcomes such as collaborative decision making, partnering, aligning, and restorative practice — in other words, ADR can now be broadly defined as any process used to bring people together to solve problems.

A copy of the full report is available below.